Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes Liverpool are his side’s biggest challengers to his Premier League title defence.
Tenth-placed Liverpool trail Guardiola’s city by 13 points and they play host to second-placed City at Anfield on Sunday.
Arsenal are top of the table and Antonio Conte’s Tottenham are three points behind City in third. However, Guardiola said Liverpool “always have been” City’s main rivals for the title when asked on Friday.
“If you asked that question with 10 games left I would say I don’t think Liverpool can catch the top of the league,” he said.
“But being in the position we are now, and with the World Cup, anything can happen.
“I know the quality they have. It has always been a tough game and I don’t expect anything else.”
City have won four of the past five Premier League titles, with Liverpool beating them to the 2019-20 season by 18 points.
The Reds were Head-to-head with City until the final day of the season twice in recent years, including last season when City came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-2 to deny Jurgen Klopp’s side the Premier League title and a chance at the ‘quadruple’.
Klopp earlier agreed this weekend’s fixture could be a title decider – but “not with us”.
The Liverpool manager added: “They helped us to keep going of course in the seasons when we were both running away, this season is obviously different.”